This is a delicious, luscious, summer favorite mango jam recipe. It is a gluten-free, vegan fruit jam without any chemical preservatives. You need only 3 ingredients – mango pulp, sugar, and lemon juice, to make this mango relish from scratch. Once you try this mango jam recipe there is no going back to the store-bought fruit jam.
Homemade Seasonal Fruit Jam
Making fresh fruit jam at home is an extremely easy and therapeutic process. For people like me who love, love, love fruit jams, there is nothing better than the homemade sweet goodness with the natural taste of the fruit.
Among all the fruit jam flavors – strawberry jam and mango jam are my all-time favorite.
As I said already, I love homemade fruit jams for a lot of reasons apart from the finger-licking good taste and texture. Here are a few of them:
- minimal ingredients required
- gluten-free & vegan
- no added pectin
- one-pot recipe
- zero thickening agent
- natural color & flavor
- chemical preservative-free
- easy to make and store
Best MANGO For Making Jam
The firm, ripe, and sweet-tasting mango pulp works best for making the jam. Avoid using overripe or mangoes with a mushy pulp.
Usually, I prefer mango varieties like Alphonso, Ratnagiri, or Kesar for this mango jam recipe. These Indian varieties of mango have a flavorsome sugary taste, deep yellow color with a rich aroma, and a lot of fiber that gives the jam a great texture.
You can use Goan Mangad, Mexican, or any other variety of sweet tropical mangoes for making jam.
Mango To Sugar Ratio
The one thumb rule that always works for making fruit jam or preserve is the equal ratio of 1:1 (fruit: sugar). The equal amount of fruit and the white granulated sugar will always yield the perfect jam.
However, it is always best to taste fruit like strawberry or mango to know about their natural sweetness. And then add sugar according to the taste of the fruit. Like for the mangoes which are way too sweet in taste, I follow the ratio of 2:1 (mango to sugar).
TIP: A mango jam with slight tartness is more delicious than the one tasting like a sugar syrup with no original flavor of the fruit.
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Mango Jam: Recipe Variation
If you are looking for exciting new flavors of a mango jam, here a few recipe variations:
Rosemary: A teaspoon or a dash of rosemary adds a great aroma and a subtle sharp taste to the mango jam. You can use fresh or dried rosemary.
Saffron: A pinch of saffron gives a deep hue, rich aroma, and taste to the mango jam.
Ginger: You will be surprised to know that grated ginger tastes great in a mango jam. The subtle sharpness and earthiness of ginger compliments the sweetness of mangoes.
Red Chili: Mango and chilies are a great savory combination. The spiciness of red chilies and the sweetness of mangoes are a match made in heaven. In a jam or a spicy dip, this flavor combination tastes divine.
A few times readers of my blog complaint that their fruit jam got spoiled after a few days. It happens because of the wrong storage.
Use a clean, dry sterilized jar for storing the fruit jam. Dirt or junk in the jar lid and an unsterilized jar will spoil your mango jam.
A glass jar rather than a plastic or metal container is best for storing any type of fruit jam.
Store mango jam in the refrigerator. It remains fresh and tasty for 3 – 6 months.
Use a clean and dry spoon to scoop out the jam each time. Keep homemade jam away from moisture and water. One tiny droplet of water, and the jam takes no time to develop fungus.
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3 Ingredients Mango Jam Recipe
- 500 gram mango pulp
- 250 gram granulated white sugar
- 2 tablespoon lemon juice
- Dice half of the mango pulp or roughly chop it into tiny pieces. Transfer to a bowl. Add granulated white sugar. Mix nicely. Set aside for 10 – 15 minutes. After 10 minutes, sugar will be completely dissolved with the mango pulp and a yellow color juice will be released. Do not rush this process.
- Transfer the mango pulp along with all the yellow liquid to a saucepan. Turn on the stovetop heat to low. Start cooking the jam.
- Blend the remaining half of the mango pulp without any water. Add to the simmering pulp along with the lemon juice. Stir to combine.
- Stage 1, the jam will be watery, with big chunks of mango. Keep cooking on low heat, while stirring at regular intervals.
- Slowly, the texture of the jam would thicken a bit. Use a potato masher or a ladle to gently mash the mango pieces. Keep stirring at regular intervals.
- After 15 – 20 minutes on low heat, the mango pieces mashed nicely, and the jam will start sticking to the spoon. Turn off the heat.
- To check the consistency of the mango jam, spread a big tablespoon of jam on a plate. The mango jam should be thick, doesn't drop off easily, and will stick to the plate. Else continue to cook further.
- Allow the mango jam to cool down completely at room temperature. Store the cooled mango jam in a clean, sterlisied glass jar with a tight fitting lid.
- Serve mango jam on a bread slice or store in the refrigerator.
- You can use canned mango pulp as well for this jam recipe. Adjust the amount of sugar according to the taste of the canned mango.
- Use fine granulated white sugar for this mango jam recipe. And not powdered sugar, icing sugar, or big crystals of sugar.
- Make sure to use an enamel-coated ceramic or nonstick saucepan for making the jam rather than the cast iron pan, aluminum, or any other reactive metal cookware.
- Do not add any water or juice/syrup while cooking the jam. The mango needs to cook in their own natural juices and sugar.